Saina rises to No.7, Sindhu in top-10

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Jan 30 : Bolstered by the India Grand Prix Gold triumph Sunday, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal jumped two places to No. 7 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings released Thursday.

Saina overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying to rise up the ladder.

Meanwhile, runner-up of the Lucknow event P. V. Sindhu entered the top-10 for the second time in her career. The World Championship bronze medallist equalled her best ranking (No. 10) by rising a place in the same category.

Patience helped me win: Saina Nehwal

Saina-NehwalLucknow, Jan 25 : Top seed Saina Nehwal Saturday said her patience in the women's singles semifinal at the $120,000 India Grand Prix Gold helped her win the match against Chinese sixth seed Xuan Deng.

The World No. 9 had to dig deep to oust the 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 in a marathon match which lasted an hour and 20 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

Sindhu stands out as Indian sports takes a beating

PV-SindhuNew Delhi, Dec 26 : For Indian sport, 2013 was a year of controversies and low-key performances, the country's image globally taking a beating with the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the apex body of world sport. Amid the gloom, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu provided some cheer.

It could have been worse as the IOA came perilously close to getting expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this brinkmanship, the athletes were the biggest losers as the fight for the control of the country's top sports body heated up.

Shuttler Jayaram aims for consistency in 2014

Ajay-JayaramNew Delhi, Dec 21 :  India's top shuttler Ajay Jayaram is aiming for consistency in the new year, something that he lacked in 2013 and which was the main reason behind his failure to break into the world's top-10.

The World No. 24 made some quarterfinal appearances in Super Series events this year and won the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) tournament with Hyderabad Hotshots.

Kashyap likely to skip Korea Open with injured shoulder

Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, Dec 20 : After Saina Nehwal, India’s leading male shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is also likely to skip the season opening $600,000 Korea Open Super Series in January due to a partially dislocated shoulder.

The World No. 14 said that he will likely pull out of Korea (Jan 7-12) but will play Malaysia Open Super Series Premier (Jan 14-19) and will defend his title at the India Grand Prix Gold (Jan 21-26).

Saina drops two places to World No.8

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Dec 19 : Saina Nehwal’s poor form this season has also started showing in her rankings as the Olympic bronze medallist dropped two places to No. 8 in the women’s singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday.

Saina dropped two places and was overtaken by South Korean Yeon Ju Bae and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. However, P. V. Sindhu maintained her position at No. 11.

In men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap retained the 14th position while Ajay Jayaram moved up a place to 24th.

No Indian figures in the top 25 of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles rankings.(IANS)

Saina's semis hopes hangs by a thread after second loss

Saina-NehwalKuala Lumpur, Dec 12 : Shuttler Saina Nehwal's chances of advancing in the BWF World Superseries Finals dipped further here Thursday when she lost in straight games to World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China for her second successive defeat in the group stage.

Saina, who had gone down against Japan's Minatsu Mitani Wednesday, went down to the Olympic champion Xuerui 9-21, 14-21 in a Group B match lasting 27 minutes.

However, Korean Yeon Ju Bae kept the Indian's mathematical chances of making the semifinals alive when she hammered Mitani 21-10, 21-18 in another match Thursday.

Saina Nehwal rises to World No.6

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Nov 21 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Thursday rose a place to World No. 6 in the women's singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Though Saina went up, World Championship bronze medallist P. V. Sindhu slid a place to No. 11.

Parupalli Kashyap also dropped three places to No. 14 in the men's singles while R. M. V. Gurusaidutt remained static at No. 19. (IANS)

Saina aims top-5 return at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 9 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will aim to make a return to the women's singles top five in world rankings at the China Open Super Series Premier which will be held here from Nov 12-17.

World No. 7 Saina, who will open her campaign against a qualifier, has been troubled by injuries this year. She had to withdraw from last years’ China Open due to a knee injury and will be hoping to make a mark this year at the $350,000 fifth and final Super Series Premier of the year.

Saina seeded 6th at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 8 : Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded sixth at the $350,000 China Open Super Series Premier to be held at the Yuan Shen Gymnasium here from Nov 12-17.

Saina is the only Indian who is seeded at the Tier-II tournament.

Other Indian shuttlers who will participate in the event are Arundhati Pantawane in women's singles and Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram in men's singles.

Others will try to qualify for the main draw. (IANS)

Court not to stay proceedings against Jwala

Jwala-GuttaNew Delhi, Oct 25 : The Delhi High Court Friday refused to stay the inquiry proceedings by a committee set up by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) against India's top doubles player Jwala Gutta for her alleged indiscipline.

Justice V. K. Jain, who had Oct 10 asked BAI to allow Jwala to take part in national and international tournaments, said no interim order is required as she had already been given relief by the court and allowed the committee to go ahead with its proceedings.

The court, however, said that if she is aggrieved by any decision of the committee, she can approach the court.

No communication from BAI about Denmark Open: Jwala

No communication from BAI about Denmark Open: JwalaHyderabad, Oct 11 : India's top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta Friday said she and her partner Ashwini Ponappa have not yet received any communication from the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on whether or not they would be playing in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier starting Tuesday. The Delhi High Court had Thursday directed BAI to allow her to participate in tournaments and suspended the life ban on her.

Saina needs time to recover

Saina-NehwalBangalore, Sep 7 : Reiterating her decision to skip the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo later this month, World No. 4 Saina Nehwal said she needs more than two weeks of rest to recover after the hectic Indian Badminton League (IBL) that concluded Aug 31.

“Two weeks are not enough for my body to recover and so I am not playing Japan Open. It will not affect my ranking. I do not have any points to defend since I didn’t play there last year also,” the 23-year old said here Saturday.

Jwala upset with lewd comments from fans

Jwala upset with lewd comments from fansBangalore, Aug 26 - Krrish Delhi Smashers icon player Jwala Gutta appeared visibly livid after she was peppered with some lewd comments from the fans during her tie against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton league at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here late Sunday night.

The 29-year-old Jwala, partnering V. Diju, won her mixed doubles rubber and the tie 4-1 against the hosts but had to deal with some hooting from the crowd who were teasing and taunting her during her match.

Sindhu enters top-10 in world rankings

P-V-SindhuNew Delhi, Aug 15 : Backed by her bronze medal-winning performance at the World Championships last week, P. V. Sindhu entered the top-10 of the women's singles rankings for the first time in her career.

In the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released Thursday, the 18-year-old jumped two places to No. 10 while citymate Saina Nehwal retained her No. 4 position.

After reaching the men's singles quarterfinals of the Worlds, Parupalli Kashyap also rose three places to be ranked World No. 14 in the men's singles rankings.

R. M. V. Gurusaidutt and Ajay Jayaram maintained their respective No. 20 and No. 24 positions.

Sindhu loses in semis, settles for bronze

P-V-SindhuGuangzhou, Aug 10 : Tenth seed P. V. Sindhu lost her women's singles semifinal match in straight games and had to settle for a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships here Saturday.

World No. 3 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand beat the 18-year-old 21-10, 21-13 in 36 minutes at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium to extend her head-to-head to 2-0 against Sindhu.

This is only the third instance, and first in women's singles, that an Indian will bring home a medal from the Worlds.

World Championships: Sindhu assures India of bronze

P-V-SindhuGuangzhou, Aug 9 : P. V. Sindhu assured India of at least a bronze medal in the World Badminton Championships Friday defeating former World No. 1 Shixian Wang in the women's singles quarterfinals event here.

The World No. 12 beat the seventh seeded Chinese 21-18, 21-17 in 55 minutes at Tianhe Indoor Stadium.

This will be only the third instance that an Indian will bring home a medal at the Worlds.

Prakash Padukone won the men's singles bronze in 1983 at Copenhagen while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won another bronze in the women's doubles event in the last edition at London in 2011. (IANS)

Lin Dan beats Chen Long to enter semis at badminton Worlds

Lin-DanGuangzhou, Aug 9 : Badminton star Lin Dan of China beat teammate Chen Long in a close quarterfinal 21-13, 22-20 to reach the top four of men's singles at the badminton world championships here Friday.

Arguably the most decorated shuttler of all time, Lin returned to badminton after a year on the sidelines. He dropped to No. 286 in the newly-published world rankings and entered the tournament with a wild card, reports Xinhua.

World No. 2 Chen is obviously in the best form of his life at the moment. Therefore, the encounter between two Chinese shuttlers was keenly awaited.

Saina drops to World No.4

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Aug 8 : India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal dropped a place to No. 4 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Saina, who advanced to the women's singles quarterfinal at the World Championships in Guangzhou, was overtaken by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. Saina's city mate P. V. Sindhu retained her No. 12 position.

In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap slipped four places to No. 17 while R. M. V. Gurusaidutt jumped a place to a career-high No. 20. Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram was static at No. 24.

Saina delighted to play with Taufik

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, July 29 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is delighted to be part of the same team as former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia at the upcoming Indian Badminton League (IBL).

"Taufik is a role model and a driving force in the game. I am really happy to be part of Hyderabad Hotshots and I was thrilled once he was also included," said Saina, who is currently preparing for the Aug 5-11 World Championships in Guangzhou.

The 23-year-old, who was bagged for $120,000 in the IBL players auction, said she was looking forward to train with the legendary Indonesian.

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